Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 1 Officially Released, Ubuntu MATE Officially Official
Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 1 was announced today with "a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing." Ubuntu and a couple of its derivatives were included in a list of distributions recommended for new users yesterday. The Ubuntu MATE project announced they've been accepted as an official member of the Ubuntu family with their Beta 1 and Serdar Yegulalp reviews LibreOffice 4.4 at InfoWorld.com today.
Ubuntu 15.04 Beta 1 was announced this morning on The Fridge with the usual "it's a beta" disclaimer. The announcement said, "Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. This Beta features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu Mate, Xubuntu and the Ubuntu Cloud images."
You may have noticed a new distro in the list of images from the Ubuntu announcement, namely Ubuntu MATE. The Ubuntu MATE project yesterday posted of its acceptance into the official Ubuntu family on the project Website saying, "This official release builds on Ubuntu MATE Alpha2, introduces some new features and is officially official." The big change this release is the change from the unofficial builds to the Canonical server builds.
Speaking of Ubuntu, it got a mention yesterday in Foss Force's "Distros for new users" list. The piece said, "It’s impossible to talk about user friendly Linux distros without mentioning Ubuntu, which is near the top of most lists when it comes to ease-of-use and robustness. It's a solid choice for anyone wanting to use Linux for the first time." They also liked Mint and elementary OS, which are Ubuntu derivatives, but check the full article for the others.
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